30 September 2005

Good morning world


The long anticipated movie, Serenity, based a great show that lasted only 1 season 4 years ago is now opening today. Yay!!!

And tonight is Sci-Fi night. On the Sci-Fi channel, Firefly, the show Serenity is based on, comes on at 7 pm EST. It is a really great show in my opinion. The picture you see is of Serenity, the name of the Firefly class space vessel. The story takes place in the future when we have used up the earth and terraform other planets in the solar system to live on. The spoken language of the time is a combination of English and Chinese. I have linked the web site for the serenity movie onto this blog in case you would like further information & pictures.

Now, changing subjects.


Poor Moocher was not feeling well yesterday. His stomach was a little upset. Last night, he slept on the floor as close to John as he could get without actually getting on the bed. Rusty slept on the floor on my side, with is unusual for Rusty. Usually Rusty is in bed with us.

This morning though, Moocher was back to his normal self playing with my purse and rushing John to get ready and then meowing "please" which John taught him to do before going and opening a can of Fancy Feast grilled. No, they are not spoiled...they just understand who is in charge...them (as in the cats). John & I are just staff to wait on their every need.

Speaking of the cats, Ashley is here now right on time. It is exactly 8 a.m. The boys have gone back to sleep and she knows this is her time, so I will end this blog here for now.

21 September 2005

Just another Manic Monday

Lets start with Monday:

I went with my husband to UPMC so he could learn to give himself allergy shots though I was still (and still am) sick. It was good to get some fresh air. First of all, we saw a new nurse there we have not seen before. She scowls the entire time, and in the back, we can hear the other nurse chewing someone out over the phone that she will pay for her granddaughter to get her nails done, but she (whoever she was talking to...sounded like it would be her daughter) would have to pay for her toes to be done.

My husband had to change into shorts for this lesson. Only, the nurse was very distracted about something. I could see it on her face. And then she got my husband's paperwork mixed up for billing, with my husband gentley asked her, "Are you sure that is mine?" Where she got defensive and replied "yes"...then she looked and said "oh" and fixed it.

She gave my husband his allergy shots in his arm. I said that I thought she was suppose to teach him to give himself shots in his legs. He just replied, well she didn't. So I went to the nurse and told her that he was suppose to learn to give himself shots in his legs. Her reply was that it was too late and he should have said something. Afterwards, she was nicer about it and said no one left her a note, so she made a note in the computer and promised tjat mext week he would learn to give himself shots.

This whole thing only took a half hour including the waiting period for reaction.

We did valet service which I knew was $6 for 2 hours. When I asked my husband how much he paid, and he said $6.75, I knew something was not right. The valet pulls up with some truck that that no one owned. After calling in to find the owner, he was told it was a mix up, and I knew that was why we paid $6.75...our car got mixed up with the truck. I am guessing she missed entered a number somewhere.

I guess you can chaulk it up to a Manic Monday, which is really unusual for UPMC. Usually, when we go there, people are very friendly and nice.

After UPMC, we stopped at JCPenney solon at Century III mall because my husband needed a hair cut. While there, I thought I would get my lip waxed. That was a huge mistake. Every time I go in, I get an appointment for my husband while he goes to the bathroom. The shop was basically empty except for a bunch of stylists gossiping. I told the receptionist that my husband has curly hair, and he needs someone who can cut curly hair. Every time, they say they can cut curly hair. They can't. Let me correct that...they can cut the hair, but unfortunately, you cannot paste it back on again. He wants a professional mens cut...something he can wear to the office. It always ends up looking like a homecut or worse. This time, it was worse.

As for the was job, she talked me into getting my eyebrows done also telling me that they needed to be cleaned up. I have one eyebrow that looks normal while the other one looks like it belongs on a Vulcan or Romulan. They are not balanced. And she did not wipe the wax off at all so my eyelids were sticking. So at the receptionist desk, I asked where the bathroom was so I could wash the was off, and she would not tell me. Instead, she got Lacy, the girl who did my wax (I paid her a $5 tip also...you would think she would at least be conciderate) to wash the wax off...Lacy asked me where the was was, got a rag and dampened it with water and asked me where she needed to wipe. It was nuts. So my husband told me where the bathroom was while he went looking for a new belt for work. Soap and water did not get all the wax off, but it would have to do until I got home. While in the bathroom, I saw how lopsided my eyebrows were. So I went back to the salon and asked to borrow tweezers to fix my eyebrows. The receptionist got Lacy again, where Lacy just verbally attacked me, and I did not go to the salon to argue with someone, so I left it at that, and my husband & I swore we would just never go back there. I have to go someplace else now to have my eyebrows fixed.

That night, my husband made me promise to make a doctors appointment first thing to get checked out.

I guess Monday transsended over to Turesday.

The doctor who is my PCP says they cannot see me until next month...and this is in Perryopolis...not like a busy town.

I called the 2 doctors that my infertility doctor referred me to. One of them is not taking new patients. the other one transferred. So I called the new number and the lady was nice, but because I would be a new patient, he would not be able to see me until October 7th at either Alleghany Hospital or Belleview. I have no idea where either place is. And the receptionist there was very nice. She did say I should see a doctor before October 7th though. So I held off on the appointment. I have no idea what to do. The argument in the U.S. is that we have a better health system because we do not have to wait to see a doctor. I would love to know where that is.

When I was in Greece, which is a socialist health care system, I was able to see a doctor right away and they saved my life when my appendix burst. Here, I think I would still be waiting for an appointment and die while waiting.

20 September 2005

Happy Autumn

Day after tomorrow will be the first day of Autumn.

Usually, I love this time of year. Right now though, I am not well between some virus I caught & pain from getting rear ended. Whiplash seriously sucks.

I took 2 Ibuprofin about 3 hours ago, and my head still hurts.

Last night, my poor husband went without dinner because I was not feeling well enough to cook and clean the kitchen. When I took my temperature last night, it was 100.5.

I have so much to do, and all I really want to do is go back to bed. My throat is killing me.

Good news is that I balanced my checkbook over the weekend.

16 September 2005

Quote of the Day

Character may be manifested in great moments, buit it is made in the small ones.

~PHILLIP BROOKS

Letter I received yesterday from Senator Rick Santorum





September 1, 2005

Dear Mrs. Count-Wayt:

Thank you for contacting me regarding regulation of tobacco by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). I appreciate hearing from you and having the benefit of your views.

As your correspondence references, on March 17, 2005, Senator Mike DeWine of Ohio introduced S. 666, the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This bill would provide for the regulation of tobacco products by the Secretary of Health and Human Services through the FDA, including through disclosure, annual registration, inspection, record keeping, and user fee requirements. This bill would require the Secretary of Health and Human Services to giver prior approval of all label statements. This legislation would prohibit cigarettes from containing any artificial or natural flavor, including herbs and spices. Additionally, S. 666 would establish a Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee. You may be interested to learn that identical legislation (H.R. 1376) was introduced by Representative Tom Davis of Virginia in the House of Representatives on March 17, 2005.

S. 666 has been referred to the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, where it awaits further review. As I am not a member of this committee, I will not have the opportunity to vote on this bill in its current form. However, should either H.R. 1376 or S. 666 come before the full Senate for a vote, I will be sure to keep your views in mind.

Please be assured that I am aware of the substantial evidence of the harmfulness of smoking. Each passing year seems to bring further research pointing to the dozens of carcinogenic chemicals contained in cigarette smoke and the range of diseases and medical conditions linked to tobacco use. I am a strong supporter of laws that prohibit teens from purchasing or using tobacco products, and I believe these laws should be more adequately enforced. I believe our government has a responsibility to continue efforts to further diminish the smoking rate among teenagers and the population at large, and I look forward to working with my colleagues to find bipartisan solutions to achieve this goal.

Thank you again for contacting me. If I can be of further assistance with this or any other matter, please do not hesitate to call on me in the future.

Sincerely,

Rick Santorum
United States Senate

RJS:mac

14 September 2005

Dust Off

I just received this email from a wonderful personal friend to both my husband and myself, and this message is something I think needs to get out to the public:



If you know anyone who might do something like this, please inform them of the danger. This is apparently a true story (see verifying information at the end).



"Dust-Off" Danger



First I'm going to tell you a little about me and my family. My name is Jeff. I am a Police Officer for a city which is known nationwide for its crime rate. We have a lot of gangs and drugs. At one point we were # 2 in the nation in homicides per capita. I also have a police K-9 named Thor.

He was certified in drugs and general duty. He retired at 3 years old because he was shot in the line of duty. He lives with us now and I still train with him because he likes it. I always liked the fact that there was no way to bring drugs into my house. Thor wouldn't allow it. He would tell on you. The reason I say this is so you understand that I know about drugs. I have taught in schools about drugs. My wife asks all our kids at least once a week if they used any drugs. Makes them promise they wont.

I like building computers occasionally and started building a new one in February 2005. I also was working on some of my older computers. They were full of dust so on one of my trips to the computer store I bought a 3 pack of DUST OFF. DUST Off is a can of compressed air to blow dust off a computer. A few weeks later when I went to use one of them they were all used. I talked to my kids and my two sons both said they had used them on their computer and messing around with them. I yelled at them for wasting the 10 dollars I paid for them. On February 28 I went back to the computer store. They didn't have the 3 pack which I had bought on sale so I bought a single jumbo can of Dust Off. I went home and set it down beside my computer.

On March 1st, I left for work at 10 PM. Just before midnight my wife went down and kissed Kyle goodnight. At 5:30 am the next morning Kathy went downstairs to wake Kyle up for school, before she left for work. He was propped up in bed with his legs crossed and his head leaning over. She called to him a few times to get up. He didn't move. He would sometimes tease her like this and pretend he fell back asleep. He was never easy to get up. She went in and shook his arm. He fell over. He was pale white and had the straw from the Dust Off can coming out of his mouth. He had the new can of Dust Off in his hands. Kyle was dead.

I am a police officer and I had never heard of this. My wife is a nurse and she had never heard of this. We later found out from the coroner, after the autopsy, that only the propellant from the can of Dust Off was in his system. No other drugs. Kyle had died between midnight and 1 AM.

I found out that using Dust Off is being done mostly by kids ages 9 through
15. They even have a name for it. It's called dusting. A take off from the Dust Off name. It gives them a slight high for about 10 seconds. It makes them dizzy. A boy who lives down the street from us showed Kyle how to do this about a month before. Kyle showed his best friend. Told him it was cool and it couldn't hurt you. Its just compressed air. It cant hurt you. His best friend said no. Kyle was wrong. It's not just compressed air. It also contains a propellant called R2. Its a refrigerant like what is used in your refrigerator. It is a heavy gas. Heavier than air. When you inhale it, it fills your lungs and keeps the good air, with oxygen, out. That's why you feel dizzy, buzzed. It decreases the oxygen to your brain, to your heart.

Kyle was right. It can't hurt you. IT KILLS YOU. The horrible part about this is there is no warning. There is no level that kills you. It's not cumulative or an overdose; it can just go randomly, terribly wrong. Roll the dice and if your number comes up you die. IT'S NOT AN OVERDOSE. It's Russian Roulette. You don't die later Or not feel good and say I've had too much. You usually die as your breathing it in. If not you die within 2 seconds of finishing "the hit." That's why the straw was still in Kyle's mouth when he died. Why his eye's were still open. The experts want to call this huffing. The kids don't believe its huffing. As adults we tend to lump many things together. But it doesn't fit here. And that's why its more accepted. There is no chemical reaction, no strong odor. It doesn't follow the huffing signals. Kyle complained a few days before he died of his tongue hurting. It probably did. The propellant causes frostbite. If I had only known.

Its easy to say hey, its my life and I'll do what I want. But it isn't.
Others are always effected. This has forever changed our family's life. I have a hole in my heart and soul that can never be fixed. The pain is so immense I cant describe it. There's nowhere to run from it. I cry all the time and I don't ever cry. I do what I'm supposed to do but I don't really care. My kids are messed up. One won't talk about it. The other will only sleep in our room at night. And my wife, I cant even describe how bad she is taking this.

I thought we were safe because of Thor. I thought we were safe because we knew about drugs and talked to our kids about them.

After Kyle died another story came out. A Probation Officer went to the school system next to ours to speak with a student. While there he found a student using Dust Off in the bathroom. This student told him about another student who also had some in his locker. This is a rather affluent school system. They will tell you they don't have a drug problem there.
They don't even have a dare or plus program there. So rather than tell everyone about this "new" way of getting high they found, they hid it. The probation officer told the media after Kyle's death and they, the school then admitted to it. I know that if they would have told the media and I had heard, it wouldn't have been in my house.

We need to get this out of our homes and school computer labs. Using Dust Off isn't new and some "professionals" do know about. It just isn't talked about much, except by the kids. They all seem to know about it.

April 2nd was 1 month since Kyle died. April 5th would have been his 15th birthday. And every weekday I catch myself sitting on the living room couch at 2:30 in the afternoon and waiting to see him get off the bus. I know Kyle is in heaven but I cant help but wonder if I died and went to Hell.

This Officer is asking for everyone who receives this e-mail to forward it to everyone in their address book, even Law Enforcement Officers.
______________________________________________________



Dust-Off Warning Email


Summary:
Email from a grieving father outlines the danger of inhaling Dust-Off computer cleaner, after his son died as a result of "huffing" the product.



Status:
True



Commentary:
Sadly, the information outlined in this email forward is true. On the 2nd March 2005, 14-year-old Kyle Williams of Painesville Township, Ohio died after inhaling Dust-Off. As outlined in the email, Dust-Off is a product that contains a compressed gas used for removing the dust from computers. Kyle's father, Jeff is indeed a police officer in Cleveland, Ohio.

Unfortunately, many consumers are under the mistaken impression that Dust-Off and similar products contain a seemingly harmless product - compressed air. In fact, such products are commonly referred to as "canned air". However, the products actually contain a compressed gas, NOT compressed air. Because of this misconception, parents and children may not realize how dangerous inhaling them can be. This is an important issue, as such seemingly trivial misconceptions can have a quite powerful influence on the way consumers conceive of and use a product. In fact, a representative from Falcon, the company that manufactures Dust-Off, has contacted me after reading an earlier version of this article. He states that:


We are hoping you can help clarify a misconception about our product. As you noted, most people refer to our product as "canned air", when in reality the product is filled with a compressed-gas. Our company makes it a practice to never refer to the product in such a manner as it is misleading to consumers. We believe that referring to our product as "canned air" gives individuals a false sense of comfort and, therefore, they believe it to be harmless if directly inhaled.

An article on the Falcon website discusses this topic more thoroughly.

Falcon also has the following information on its website:


As a leading manufacturer of one of the world's most versatile aerosol products, Falcon recognizes that among the issues surrounding aerosol product distribution and usage is that of inhalant abuse or "huffing". It is imperative that consumers of aerosol products, parents and children all understand the seriousness of this practice.

Dust-Off cans also carry the following warning:

A cleaning duster is a serious product. Inhalant abuse is illegal and can cause permanent injury or be fatal. Please use our product responsibly.

Inhalant abuse, or "huffing", is a serious problem that has killed and maimed many children and young adults around the world. It is important that parents and guardians educate themselves and their children about inhalant abuse. The National Inhalant Prevention Coalition website is an excellent resource on the subject.

As a parent, my heart goes out to Kyle's grieving family. Perhaps we can help to prevent similar tragedies by taking steps to let others know about the dangers of inhalant abuse.

References:

Falcon Website: Issues Surrounding Inhalant Abuse and Huffing
Falcon Website: What Are The Health Hazards Associated With Abuse?
Falcon Website: Making The Right Choice
The Plain Dealer: A dire warning from a grieving dad
The News-Herald: Riverside High School continues to grieve
Write-up by Brett M.Christensen


If you want to go to the sites in blue above, click on the link below and from that site, click on the ones you want to read more about :

http://www.hoax-slayer.com/dust-off-warning.html






07 September 2005

Good morning world

This morning, after getting dressed, finding a white scrunchy to match the white overall shorts I am wearing, washing my face with the last of the Face Lift brand cleanser and using the chemical peel, watching ABC network news, making myself an Italian cuppachino with skim milk, putting dishes away, throwing a load of laundry into the washer, I sat down to balance my checkbook, read my email and pet Ashley.

In my email, I found something I would like to share that I got from my neighbor. It is a cute play on words:

The Washington Post has published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words. The winners are:

1. Coffee (n.), the person upon whom one coughs.

2. Flabbergasted (adj.), appalled over how much weight you have gained.

3. Abdicate (v.), to give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.

4. Esplanade (v.), to attempt an explanation while drunk.

5. Willy-nilly (adj.), impotent.

6. Negligent (adj.), describes a condition in which you absentmindedly answer the door in your nightgown.

7. Lymph (v.), to walk with a lisp.

8. Gargoyle (n.), olive-flavoured mouthwash.

9. Flatulence (n.) emergency vehicle that picks you up after you are run over by a steamroller.

10. Balderdash (.), a rapidly receding hairline.

11. Testicle (n.), a humorous question on an exam.

12. Rectitude (n.), the formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.

13. Pokemon (n), a Rastafarian proctologist.

14. Oyster (n.), a person who sprinkles his conversation with Yiddishisms.

15. Frisbeetarianism (n.), the belief that, when you die, your Soul flies up onto the roof and gets stuck there.

16. Circumvent (n.), an opening in the front of boxer shorts worn by Jewish men.

AND:

The Washington Post's Style Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition. Here are this year's winners:

1. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.

2. Foreploy (v): Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.

3. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

4. Giraffiti (n): Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

5. Sarchasm (n): The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.

6. Inoculatte (v): To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

7. Hipatitis (n): Terminal coolness.

8. Osteopornosis (n): A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

9. Karmageddon (n): It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.

10. Decafalon (n.): The gruellin event of getting through the dayconsuming only things that are good for you.

11. Glibido (v): All talk and no action.

12. Dopeler effect (n): The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.

13. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.

14. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

15. Caterpallor (n.): The colour you turn after finding half a grub in the fruit you're eating.

And the pick of the literature:

16. Ignoranus (n): A person who's both stupid and an *******.

02 September 2005

Hurricane Katrina

Here I am sitting in a comfortable air conditioned duplex eatting cereal while hundred of thousands of people are homeless, sweltering, thirsty, starving and our government is more concerned with looting. One hospital was ready to triage sick people out of the area when our federal government pulled the plug. This is rediculous.

Prices of gas have gone from $2.69 to $3.19 in less than a day. Our government says it is because of Hurricane Katrina, yet it is very coincidental that as the price of gas went up, so did the stock prices of oil companies. This is definite price gouging. Yet our president says that anyone who price gouges will be punished. He said the same thing about the person who leaked the CIA name. By the way, what punishment did Rowe ever receive?

FEMA did an exercise just a month ago in case anything like Hurricane Katrina was to happen. Only a month ago. Yet, they are sitting on their butts now because they say the people are too violent. These people are in extreme heat living like savages without water, medicine, food and trying to keep their families alive, and the government is worried because some people are going to extremes just to get ice. This is nuts.

When Jeb Bush's state was in trouble last year, the president had trucks ready to help before the hurricane even hit.

Now, admittedly, the poorest state in the Union needs help, and where is our president? Just flying over. He refuses to land and talk to survivors like he did in 9/11. I guess because these are not his people as he stated in a luncheon of the rich that the rich were his people. Is it all about money?

And where is help from other countries? When something happens to other countries, we are the first to be asked for help, and we do help. Yet, when we need help, where is it? I would like to thank Venezuala for help. I heard they were donating fuel and some stuff. But I have no idea where it is going.

There are people here in Pennsylvania who have offered to take some of the victims of Hurricane Katrina in, but we are told that if the people are scattered, then it is harder to find them and give them assistance. And we are also told that the government is trying to quarantine disease, so they are just asking for money to the Red Cross.

So where is the Red Cross?

Last I knew, the Red Cross was run by former Republican Senator Bob Dole's wife, Elizabeth. Red Cross is great about getting the names of everyone they help, but then when the insurance steps in and pays the insured for damages, the Red Cross sends the people they helped a bill. I guess because most of these people are uninsured, the Red Cross is taking its time.

The Salvation Army is a great organization, but I know of one case where the Salvation Army was there and then the Red Cross came in and told the Salvation Army to leave, that they (the Red Cross) were taking over. When the Salvation Army was there, they were giving out free coffee. When Red Cross came in, they were charging people a nickle or a quarter for coffee. It is nuts.

I am so angry...we have Homeland Security to organize the different federal organizations in case of an emergency. Think about it...if they cannot handle Katrina, how in the world can they handle a real terrorist threat, which shows me that Homeland security is not there for the American people, but for the federal government to have more power.

I have never been as ashamed of our government as I am right now.

Can someone please explain to me how celebrities can get into the New Orleans, but our federal government cannot? We used to be one of the best countries in the world. Now, thanks to our government, we are closely approaching the level of African countries. And in the meantime, oil stocks soar. I am so ashamed.

We are told just to donate money to the Red Cross. What is the Red Cross doing? This is B.S.

There are lots of people who have offered to accept these people into our homes, to give them food, water, shelter, yet we are told that we cannot because our government wants to contain disease. Yet more people die senseless from lack of clean water, food, medicine. It is senseless.

There are people who have offered to take the animals in, yet we are told to donate money to the ASPCA, another government organization, instead.

People have offered to go down and help, but we are told that we need days of training by the Red Cross first. That renegade people going down to help will just hinder rescue efforts. WHAT rescue efforts? Give me a break!!!

Does anyone else find it interesting that on 9/11 and during Hurricane Katrina, our president was on vacation?

I think that the reason gas prices really rose so quickly during Hurricane Katrina was so oil companies could gain profit, and amazingly, our president is an oil man. And so people would not be able to afford to drive down to the Louisiana Purchase area to help the people in need there. Why is he letting these people die senselessly? Would it be any different if his daughters were victims of Hurricane Katrina? But they are not...they are safe with plenty of water, ice, food, everything they could need. This is just plain wrong.

This is even worse than 9/11. Please help.